United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all United States activity »
  1. 1 1-(800) 9272480 QuickBooks PRO tech Support number Intuit PRO number_DE
  2. 2 Getting from Seatac airport to downtown Seattle
  3. 3 help me plan a Cali trip
  4. 4 Muir Woods in October
  5. 5 San Francisco to Seattle in a day (fires in Oregon)
  6. 6 Dining after show at Sondheim Theatre
  7. 7 Road trip during Winters in Utah-NV
  8. 8 Florida Vacation Rental
  9. 9 Inexpensive Restaurants Near Canyonlands and Capitol Reef?
  10. 10 Trip Report Southern California Sand Dunes - Oceano Dunes
  11. 11 50th wedding anniversary in Hawaii??
  12. 12 Kauai: First Trip Help Please
  13. 13 NYC 9/11 Tour - best options?
  14. 14 10-hour MIA layover ideas?
  15. 15 Alaska trip rough Itinerary for Sep 2017
  16. 16 Mesa Verde question
  17. 17 Planning our Move
  18. 18 Wilmington DE questions
  19. 19 Road Trip Travel Advice - 2 Days or 3?
  20. 20 Great Smoky Mountains trip: Tennessee or North Carolina?
  21. 21 2 Grannies, 2 parents & 1 three-yr-old
  22. 22 Best options for viewing, learning about lava flows on Big Island?
  23. 23 Need tips for 14 day alaska trip Please help!
  24. 24 Hawaii at Christmas with older teens
  25. 25 Sperry chalet destroyed by fire
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report Don't miss "The Kiss" Statue in San Diego/USS Midway/Fish Market

Jump to last reply

What a great day in San Diego - sunny and warm - and all the better to enjoy this morning's dedication of the 25 foot tall - "The Kiss" statute. It's also called "Unconditional Surrender" - as it commorates the famous picture of a Navy sailor in uniform - spontaneously kissing a Nurse (in her uniform) - in Times Square, NYC - when the news spread that the Japanese had finally surrendered in WWII.

This beautiful tribute to our history is properly situated next to the WWII carrier/USS Midway museum, on the Embarcadero here in San Diego. For ye foodies - it's also next to The Fish Market/Top of the Market http://www.thefishmarket.com/topofthemarket.aspx - where you can not only enjoy the freshest seafood there is - but also walk past the statute and further enjoy looking across the bay at Coronado.

Some couples who were married during WWII were renewing their vows, the vets in their uniforms - and there was a great trio of middle aged lasses - dressed in WAC uniforms - singing WWII songs - such as the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy from Company B, reminiscent of the Andrews Sisters. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boogie_Woogie_Bugle_Boy. ,

Here is the newspaper article - with a pic of the "Swinging' Blue Stars" - singing - as a couple dances, and there were others "cutting the rug" (well - on the sidewalk pavement anyway. :)

http://www.utsandiego.com/photos/galleries/2013/feb/16/unconditional-surrender-dedication/

"Cindy Moreno, Nancy Cardoza, and Cindy Shon, of the Swingin' Blue Stars of the USS Hornet perform 1940's era swing tunes at a dedication of the new version of "Unconditional Surrender"."


http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/feb/16/kiss-statue-san-diego-dedication-WWII/

Here is prior article that tells more about the special fund raising effort needed to save this historic statute (to reproduce it really - as the old one was just a temporary construction) - and how it was forged in New Jersey - and after a parade in NYC - made it's way to San Diego. http://military.blogs.mydesert.com/2013/02/06/25-foot-times-square-kiss-on-its-way-to-uss-midway-in-san-diego/

I was fortunate to be able to say hello to the "Colonel" - Jerry Coleman - former Yankee baseball star and long time Padre broadcaster - who like San Diego's own Ted Williams - flew for the Marines during both WWII and the "forgotten" war - Korea. They were part of a truly special generation.
http://www.10news.com/news/replacement-kiss-statue-dedication-ceremony02162013

5 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement